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Health Works: Ways for parents to stop kids' 'summer brain drain'

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(WJBK) -  Most Michigan public school children still have three weeks of summer left. now might be the time to do what you can to stop the summer brain drain.

Cindi Avila's toddler doesn't really get a summer break.

"For me having her at home for two months I think would have been detrimental to her," Avila said.  "Because I feel like she's kind of on this momentum."

Instead she's in a summer program at bright horizons, an early education center with locations throughout metro detroit and the country.
 The goal is to make sure these 3 year olds don't stop learning over the summer.

Elsie Castro, Bright Horizons preschool teacher, said that a program like this connects fun with learning.

 "Doing that for three months will actually just benefit them and provide a stronger foundation for what they have learned previously in the school year," she said.

Here's the concern for students of all ages, over the summer math skills can take a huge hit, with reading suffering as well.

Students can lose one to three months worth of learning.
 So what can you do as we enter the final phase of summer? It's time to boost the brain power.

-Encourage your child to start reading everyday. libraries have great summer reading programs.
-Field trips to museums or even the zoo can engage the brain.
-Visit the hardware or craft store and pick a diy project, measurements involve math.

For working parents the summer slide can be tough to combat, which is why programs for the little ones are so popular.

"Every day she comes home spelling  new word, talking about new words," Avila said. "And I love a lot of the other things like the healthy food they work in and I'm working so I didn't have the luxury to have her home, so it wasn't really an option for me."

One more fun idea, have a kids dinner night, let the kids plan the meal, budget for shopping, write down the menu and help with cooking and of course cleaning up.

That involves all math, organizational and life skills.

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